What’s up guys? As you may remember, we had the pleasure of featuring the always awesome Rooster Teeth Productions from Austin, TX. As you also may know, Rooster Teeth are the guys behind the popular Halo based web series, Red vs Blue. Well, I’ve got for you today, a review of Red vs Blue Season 10, and the 14 disc box set, RvBX, which is the first 10 seasons of Red vs Blue. So here you go!
Red vs Blue Season 10
Red vs Blue Season 10 is the exciting conclusion to the “Freelancer” story that was started in Season 9, and picks up right where Season 9 left off. We find ourselves with the once thought to be dead Agent Carolina(voiced by actress Jenn Brown) along with Agent Washington(voiced by actor and RvB veteran Shannon McCormick) and the other classic Red vs Blue characters breaking the Freelancer AI “Epsilon,” who has taken on the mantle of Church(voiced by Actor and Rooster Teeth Owner Burnie Burns) and are now on a mission to find and kill the Director of Project Freelancer(voiced by actor John Marshall Reed), while at the same time, looking back on the events leading up to the original Blood Gulch Chronicles.
The previews leading up to the beginning of Red vs Blue Season 10 promised that it would be the biggest season ever, and they did not disappoint. The guys certainly pulled out all of the stops with this season. Not only did it feature some of the biggest action scenes choreographed by lead animator Monty Oum, great voice acting by Jenn Brown, Sean Duggan who plays Agent York, along with actors John Erler, Shana Merlin, and Samantha Ireland, but it also features perhaps the most emotional story line I’ve ever seen in a Red vs Blue season. Oh, and one more thing, a special guest voice actor by the name of Elijah Wood who provided the voice of the evil AI Sigma.
Yes, Season 10 is in fact Red vs Blue’s biggest season to date. Like I said, the action scenes motion captured by Monty Oum and animated and rendered by Rooster Teeth’s amazing animation team, led up by Monty, Matt Hullum, and Kathleen Zuelch(who plays Tex), were a visual treat to look at. As I said in our interview with Matt Hullum, I didn’t think the animation scenes could have gotten any better than they did in season 9, but I happily proven wrong in season 10. Looking at the detail in the environments and the characters themselves was like looking at cinematics in an actual Halo game. The scenes and characters looked like something that was rendered by 343 Industries and were an absolute treat to look at.
The action scenes themselves were out of this world this time around. Every season that Monty has been working for Rooster Teeth, which has been since season 8, there has been at least one fight scene in each season that has stood out to be ultimately badass. To me, season 8 was the, “Ice Fight,” between Tex, Wash and the Meta. Season 9 was the Freeway sequence, and to me, the fight on the outside of the enemy fortress was the one that stood out to me in season 10. It also served as Elijah Wood’s introduction into the series. It was a really fun sequence to watch.
And as I said, the story that was written for season 10 was probably the most emotional one there has been. One scene in particular stands out most of all. There’s a scene where Agent Carolina visits the site where Agent York died in the miniseries, “Out of Mind.” In season 9, you could tell that there was possibly something between the two characters, and in season 10, those suspicions were confirmed. That scene in particular was a very key moment not only in season 10, but in the entire series all together. This scene did two things that had never been done in Red vs Blue. First, it incorporated Halo 3 characters onto a Halo 2 map, which was really cool to see. The second, and more important thing, was that they really humanized the character of Carolina. Up to this scene, Carolina was just portrayed as a vengeance fueled killing machine. This scene really showed that there was a person underneath that armor.
There was also a lot of nostalgia incorporated with this season as well. In the machinima scenes, there characters went back to multiple maps that the Blood Gulch gang went to in the previous seasons, like Valhalla, Stand Off, Foundry, and Sand Trap. And what was really cool, is that they recreated certain shots and used the music by Trocadero used in the seasons associated with the maps there are in for the scene.
Season 10 of Red vs Blue had it all: action, comedy, great music by Trocadero and Jeff Williams, an incredible story by Burnie Burns, and phenomenal acting by every voice actor involved. This was the biggest season of RvB ever. And things are only looking more and more exciting for next season, and I know the guys are already hard at work on it. Red vs Blue Season 10 very much gets two thumbs up.
RvBX: Ten Years of Red vs Blue
Along with season 10, we also have the 14 disc box set RvBX: Ten Years of Red vs Blue. This includes all ten seasons of the series, plus the Blood Gulch Chronicles bonus disc, the two Grifball miniseries discs, and a special bonus disc that includes a behind the scenes look at season 10 and a special mini-documentary over Rooster Teeth, which was very nice to see how appreciative the entire RT staff is to their fans.
A few years back, the RT guys remastered seasons 1-4 for HD purposes and released them to the public, but they didn’t do anything with the audio files. This time they went back and remastered the audio tracks for 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, and believe me, you can tell the difference. I went back and watched seasons 1-5 again from the box set and I heard things I had never heard before in Red vs Blue. Pretty cool to have that now.
There’s also an added bonus for those who buy the box set on Blu-Ray. If you are lucky enough to get a specially marked Blu-Ray set, you’ll get a special 15th disc. And on this disc is a special live action episode of Red vs Blue. Yes, you read this correctly, a live action episode of Red vs Blue. They said recently on the Rooster Teeth Podcast that they went to the set of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn and tapped a live action episode. Unfortunately, I don’t own a Blu-Ray player so I have not seen this episode yet, and it hasn’t made it’s way online yet. But I can only assume it’s awesome.
The box set itself is quite a sight to see as well. The cover is really cool and the inside features a panoramic portrait of both the Freelancer and Blood Gulch groups with Tex in the middle of them. It also includes a booklet that has the entire Rooster Teeth staff and Red vs Blue cast member’s autographs along with little notes from the founding members of Rooster Teeth thanking their fans for 10 great years of RvB.
The RvBX box set is a great way to commemorate the first ten years of Rooster Teeth and Red vs Blue, and I can’t wait to see what’s next. The box set gets two thumbs up!